35 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria tour itinerary planner
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Borovets
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Melnik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Nessebar
— 5 nights
Shuttle
8
Varna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sofia
— 5 nights
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Borovets — 2 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Spend the 9th (Thu) on the water with Go Borovets. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, learn something new at Ollie Moly Borovets Ski/Snowboard Hire&School, visit Borosport Ski Rentals, and ponder the design of The Big Drinking Fountain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Borovets road trip planning website.

Berlin, Germany to Borovets is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rila.
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Outdoors · Tours · Classes · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rila online road trip planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Rila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Rila are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Melnik.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Melnik — 2 nights

Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint George, then don't miss a visit to Kordopulova House, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Melnik Pyramids. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery, then learn about winemaking at Orbelus Organic Winery, and then do a tasting at Rupel Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melnik itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Melnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Bansko.
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Wineries · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Bansko — 2 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Bansko Safari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then get some fabulous bargains at Solomon Outlet, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bansko online trip maker.

You can drive from Melnik to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Plovdiv.
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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Plovdiv — 4 nights

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer), Villa Yustina (in Ustina) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plovdiv attractions planner.

You can drive from Bansko to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Sozopol — 4 nights

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sozopol: Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets), Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol) and Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Sea Garden, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Primorsko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Zosima, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Sozopol trip site.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sozopol takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Sozopol sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Nessebar.
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Nessebar — 5 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Irakli Beach (in Obzor) and Catamaran Cruise (in Sunny Beach). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Mon) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, and look for gifts at JCraft Jewelry Shop.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip planner.

Drive from Sozopol to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nessebar are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Varna.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:

Varna — 4 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Historical Park (in Neofit Rilski), Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum, fulfill a lifelong dream with Baracuda Dive Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Varna trip builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Nessebar to Varna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Veliko Tarnovo — 4 nights

Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Change things up with these side-trips from Veliko Tarnovo: Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and snap pictures at Vladishki Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Getting from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sofia.
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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Sofia — 5 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boyana Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia online route planner.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.
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